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Tour to the Peninsula de Paria and the Delta of Orinoco The Peninsula of Paria and the delta of the Orinoco in East Venezuela is one of the most virgin and exciting Areas on our Planet. Enjoy the impressions of the lively, tropical jungle, most beautiful beaches, Buffalo and Cocoa Haciendas, hot springs and the hundreds of snake-like rivers and branches of the Orinoco Delta
Day 1: (-, L, D)
The Tour starts in Carúpano (airport) and brings us to the savage jungles of the Peninsula of Paria. For warming up your senses, literately, after arriving in the rainforests near El Pilar, we will go on a short trail to bubbling and gushing, hot springs. In this natural cooking pot, which reminds somewhat of a sulfuric witch's kitchen, we will prepare an addition to our lunch picnic: boiled eggs.
A few kilometers east we come to the buffalo ranch "Rio de Agua", within the savanna de Paría, which is a most interesting landscape. Here we can see a lot of birds and do a short canoe trip in the channels. Recently a little caiman with babies has been spotted. We follow a beautiful road that passes through the jungle, until we reach the fantastic beach of "Playa Medina".
In the afternoon, on the way to Carúpano, we have a stop at a cocoa plantation, "Hacienda Bukare". Here we see how they plant and grow cocoa and how they make great chocolate out of it. As well we try a lot of different specialties that they have prepared with this extremely pure, natural product. Our night we will spend in a nice Posada, situated on the beach "Playa Copey" at Carúpano.
Day 2: (B, L, D)
Very early in the morning we leave with our car to go south, directly to Tucupita, the capital of the Delta Amacuro state. Here we are in the middle of the huge Delta of Orinoco. In more then three hundred tributaries, that span over an area the size of Belgium, you will have the opportunity to watch the vast variety of birds, for example cormorants, bitterns, herons, hawks, toucans, macaws, hummingbirds, kingfishers, parrots, and the scarlet ibis. Also other animals, like monkeys, bottle-nosed river dolphins, manatees, the great otter, caimans, anacondas and other snakes, turtles,
iguanas, warans, and maybe even a rare Orinoco crocodile you can come across during this stunning tour.
From the comfort of our boat we have the chance to observe a wide variety of flora and fauna - water hyacinth, pink dolphins, giant river otters, sometimes anacondas, and side neck turtles. Along the riverbanks you will see Indian villages. Upon arrival at the Hotel you will be shown to your rooms. The Flotel Warao is a very comfortable floating Hotel, placed in one of the best spots of the northern Delta of Orinoco.
After lunch you will experience the wild, natural habitat of the virgin jungle from inside of a small wooden canoe. When you return to the Flotel, you will be able to relax before dinner. If you wish, you may take a swim in the river, or just sit and observe one of the fabulous delta sunsets. After a delicious dinner you will have the chance of enjoying the silence of the Orinoco River and listen to the dolphins, playing with the Hotel.
Day 3: (B, L, D)
When the rising sun touches the quite waters, the forest awakes to noisy life. The sun climbs higher over the horizon, loosing its deep red, and letting the jungle shine in overwhelming intensity. A
colorful cloud of birds gets startled by the screech of a howler monkey and lifts itself from the waterfront trees. In near distance the twittering and chirping crowd flaps down again on the green variety, while you are drifting lazily in your canoe with the stream.
The morning will see you navigate the Orinoco in search of the various species that live there- among the highlights are river dolphins and spectacled caiman in the water, capuchin and red howler monkeys up in the dense foliage, hummingbirds and kingfishers in the skies above. After lunch on a beautiful spot inside the Delta, it's back into the boats for a trip to some of the Warao villages (palafitos) that line the riverbanks in this part of the Orinoco. Your guide will explain about Warao culture, and the flow of the community's daily life - a truly fascinating experience. In the afternoon, just before returning we make a stopover to pick up our dinner. We will go out to a quiet spot in the river to do some Caribe fishing (this is the Venezuelan name for the Pirañas). Back to the Hotel and another evening, sunset trip around the lagoon we will have a special dinner and wait for the nightfall.
Day 4: (B, L, -)
At daybreak we go along the channels of the Delta to watch and hear awake the jungle. This is the time of day when the animals are most active facilitating observation. After having breakfast we make another roundtrip to places we haven't seen before and to learn everything about the flora of the delta. This tour ends at Cajigal, where the taxi is waiting to bring us to Maturin, in time to get the afternoon- flight to the Isla Margarita.
Tour may change, depending on water- levels, rainfalls and other natural forces.
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- All airfare like named
- Professional bilingual tour guide
- All meals
- Excursions like named
|What to bring:
- insect repellent
- sun protection
- swim wear
- light clothing
- good walking shoes
- pocket knife
Recommended Travel map from Int. Travel maps,
www.itmb.com, ISBN 0-921-46359-6
Guidebooks from Lonely
Bradt Travel Guide
"into the heart" an Amazon love story from Kenneth Good ISBN
0-241-12792-0. One of the most fascinating books I read over a
anthropologist who felt in love with a Yanomami woman in the
unexplored Amazon jungle. Read it!!!
"The lost world", Arthur Conan Doyle, ISBN 0-812-97213-9